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Hard work? Of course. But rewarding? Absolutely.What's it like running your own pub?

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In It Together – Alan and SarahThe Black Horse

It's so inspiring to see how our independent business owners are remaining at the heart of their communities even when their pub doors are closed!

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In It Together - MichaelBlue Bell Inn & Lodge

We find ourselves in exceptional times and our independent business owners are showing their exceptional qualities, like Michael who is supporting his community in every way he can...

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Hannah SmallThe Heathcote Arms

Hannah used to be a logistics manager in a hospital, now she loves being her own boss and organising fun events in her pub to bring the whole village together.

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Lisa & PaulElephant and Castle

Lisa and Paul where fed up of working for other people, now they enjoy being their own boss and playing a part in their local community.

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Sue CalpinFox and Goose

Sue loves her local community and village pub so much, that she decided to take it on, alongside her full time job as a hairdresser. It is hard work, but she loves it!

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Darren & DebbieStar and Garter

Darren and Debbie have been at the Star and Garter in Wigston for almost a year and a half now and they wouldn’t change their new career choice for the world. We had a chat with them to see why they decided to get into this exciting trade…

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Justin & Wayne Queens Head

Justin & WayneThe Queen's Head

Justin Bowles and Wayne Robinson swapped a busy, urbane city life to become business owners of a lovely village pub in a sleepy hamlet in Derbyshire. How are they finding it? “It’s the best thing we’ve done,” says Justin.

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Alan Pickersgill, The Brunswick Inn Derby

Alan and PhilippeThe Brunswick Inn

A former retail manager, Alan has worked in pubs now for 13 years. Within a year of taking on The Brunswick , it was unrecognisable, winning CAMRA Pub of the Year for two consecutive years!

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Ken and EileenThe White Horse

When Ken and Eileen took the reins at The White Horse on April 1st, 2015 - “the date seemed entirely appropriate,” says Ken. They were ready to take on any tom foolery and tricks they needed to, in order to get this pub where they envisioned it - at the heart of its community.

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The Stag, Barkston

Sam and Mike LoveridgeThe Stag, Barkston

It took Sam and Mike Loveridge EIGHT years to get behind the bar of The Stag at Barkston. Let's find out why...

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The Stamford Arms

Brian RigbyThe Stamford Arms

How do you go from being ready to travel the world; bags packed and money in the bank to deciding to get into the pub trade overnight? Well fast forward 20 years as Brian Rigby who runs The Stamford Arms, a hugely successful village pub in the heart of Groby shares his story with us...

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The BlackHorse, Aylestone

Alan and SarahThe Black Horse

Alan and Sarah run the Black Horse in Ayelstone and despite being experienced in the pub trade they found this pub difficult to settle in to at first, but hear how they worked through it to have a popular pub that they love!

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